|FREE EPUB ⚔ Somewhere Over Lorain Road ♴ eBooks or Kindle ePUB free

4.5 stars Whoah First time I read a book from this author and I couldn t put it down What s good to know it s not a romance but a mystery And a good and original one, written from the perspective of persons of interest of a crime that happened 4 decades ago One fateful evening, a kid went missing and it irrevocably changed the life of Don and his family when Don s father is being interrogated by the police Forty years later, Don is trying to once and for all clear his father s name, t 4.5 stars Whoah First time I read a book from this author and I couldn t put it down What s good to know it s not a romance but a mystery And a good and original one, written from the perspective of persons of interest of a crime that happened 4 decades ago One fateful evening, a kid went missing and it irrevocably changed the life of Don and his family when Don s father is being interrogated by the police Forty years later, Don is trying to once and for all clear his father s name, the clock ticking as Don s father is dying from cancer.It deals with the impact of suspicions and rumors and how everyone involved deal with it, each in a different way And it s sometimes raw Triggers not only does it refers to children s brutal killings, but also to heroin s use it s not gory, but it was a bit rough to read for me.The writing is solid, the alternance between what happened in the 70 s and the present was very well done and complimented the description of Don s family dynamics, both from Don s perspective as a kid and as an adult, and Don s efforts to unravel the truth I rounded it down only because the ending is a bit abrupt and I would have lovedromance in the mix, but in overall, it s a very good whodunnit, heartbreaking and gripping.Highly recommendedA copy of Somewhere Over Lorain Road was kindly provided to me by the publisher Bold Strokes Books via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review I don t think I am the intended audience for this book, since I m not a big fan of murder mysteries without much romance I do have to admit that the mystery kept me interested, just not enough to really love this book.This story is told through bits from the present, where 52 year old Don is taking care of his dying father, and parts of 1975 when Don was a 10 year old boy I m so not a fan of small towns in the 70s and 80s, and this book really made that clear for me Don encountered so much bi I don t think I am the intended audience for this book, since I m not a big fan of murder mysteries without much romance I do have to admit that the mystery kept me interested, just not enough to really love this book.This story is told through bits from the present, where 52 year old Don is taking care of his dying father, and parts of 1975 when Don was a 10 year old boy I m so not a fan of small towns in the 70s and 80s, and this book really made that clear for me Don encountered so much bigotry and narrow minded people It was just such a harsh world back then I liked how Don found outandabout the murders that took place in 1975 and I was kept engaged throughout this entire book But I had 2 issues with this book that made me enjoy it a little less.One is the romance, or the lack of romance I must say Don meets Bruce, they basically say wanna fuck within 2 seconds of meeting each other and then start dating no sexy times on page I say dating because they don t spend that much time on page together And when they do, they talk about the murders Interesting, but not that romantic It would have liked itif there had been no romance at all, because this was just unsatisfying I know this book is not supposed to be a romance, but if you put something in your book resembling a romance, at least make it somewhat believable And then the whodunnit conclusion I figured out who did it a while back, but was still interested to see how things would play out, andimportantly, why And then we get to my issue with it The why I thought the reason for the killings was VERY farfetched and very unrealistic I didn t buy it at all Don t read this spoiler if you want to read the book view spoiler The chief killed two other boys to cover up his 10 year old son killing his 6 year old brother, but he did that because the chief didn t want the police digging into their family because he lied about being a SEAL That was just ridiculous I would have believed it better if the whole fake SEAL thing was left out and the Chief just wanted to cover up the murder of his own son hide spoiler A pretty decent murder mystery, but don t read this because of the romance An ARC of Somewhere Over Lorain Road was generously provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review This review has been cross posted at Gay Book Reviews. This review is going to stick out like a sore thumb at this stage as I m the only dissenting voice in a sea of praise but I just couldn t love this book I could barely like it.Gundy s novel is appealing on a lot of levels in addition to the hook of the synopsis, we have a long ago murder mystery being investigated by someone who is not doing it because it s their job but for their own personal reasons which I thought would lend the experience some gravitas and yet didn t really , and our MCs This review is going to stick out like a sore thumb at this stage as I m the only dissenting voice in a sea of praise but I just couldn t love this book I could barely like it.Gundy s novel is appealing on a lot of levels in addition to the hook of the synopsis, we have a long ago murder mystery being investigated by someone who is not doing it because it s their job but for their own personal reasons which I thought would lend the experience some gravitas and yet didn t really , and our MCs are in their fifties That last one really really got me excited because I m always looking for not twenty somethings to read about But sadly none of it lived up to what I had hoped to get from this read.Returning home to spend time with his ailing father before he passes, Don discovers his father s dying wish is to be officially cleared of a crime he didn t commit Three boys had been raped and murdered in their small town in the seventies, and Don s father had been one of the suspects While his alibi had proven he could not have committed the atrocities, no one was ever charged and the associating pall had hung over their family, specifically Rob, for forty years.As Don isn t a professional he is, in fact, a marketing analyst or something a lot of his policing methods were questionable Unlikely However Gundy does a good job of at least making the character aware of his own shortcomings in his investigation and does let him stumble on a bit Where I thought I could at least be comforted by the love story element of the book, instead the romance just kind of happens out of nowhere I was never once sold on the connection between these two Part of the problem might be because I never found Don to be a likeable character despite how much we re told he was just the best ever always I seriously doubt I would be interested in someone who responds to being told they re handsome by saying yeah, okay, but about my family drama Or, conversely, when the mystery is solved but Bruce goes on to talk about other reveals, Don shuts him down with a yeah, well, it s over for me, so drop it The only thing they seemed to have in common was their sexual orientation and the fact that they fell in love with each other in five seconds My dislike of Don wasn t really a shock, though, considering I don t think I liked any of the characters at all This might not have been helped by awkward dialogue, flashbacks that encompassedunfortunate moments than positive ones, and too much rah rah rah the gay boys are smarter and better than the straights It was all just a bit hard to swallow.I ll admit that I did find the big mystery reveal to be a nice shock I didn t see it coming despite the fact that along the way I wasn t sold on any of the suspects or the red herrings that were being tossed around Even the reason for it was unexpected, but in a good way, as I could appreciate the realistic motive despite the awfulness of it all.Ultimately, this was just not the story for me I couldn t connect with the characters, the romance, was bored by some of the filler scenes, and I didn t enjoy the writing style While the bare bones of the story had promise, I don t think I would pick up another book by this author.1.5 stars I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher thank you in exchange for an honest review I had a tough time working myself through this story I gave up on it at the 40% mark, but I did read the last 10% in order to get the resolution of the story.It s an interesting family drama about three boys who are killed in 1975 One of the suspects is a family father whose alibi clears him quickly, but the damage in the small town community is done after the police take him away for questioning As the killer is never found, the lingering doubt about the man remains The story is toldt I had a tough time working myself through this story I gave up on it at the 40% mark, but I did read the last 10% in order to get the resolution of the story.It s an interesting family drama about three boys who are killed in 1975 One of the suspects is a family father whose alibi clears him quickly, but the damage in the small town community is done after the police take him away for questioning As the killer is never found, the lingering doubt about the man remains The story is toldthan 40 years later with lots of flashbacks to 1975 through the eyes of the family s youngest son, Don Don is a gay man living in San Francisco who returns to his hometown to care for his dying father He s in his mid fifties and a hot gym rat That s literally all we get to learn about his adult self in the parts I ve read His dad s last wish is to finally be cleared of all accusations against him concerning the murders of 1975 And since Don doesn t have anything to do but write some reports for a job he doesn t really mention anywhere, he goes all PI and tries to find out who murdered them.I am pretty unhappy with this story It s very plot intense and is mainly a whodunit with a gay spin Don tells us the story through his POV, but I never found myself get a grab on Don as a character Even when he talked, there wasn t any feedback on himself It felt like reading a screenplay All dialogue and no emotional explanations In other words, it was incredibly dry and I didn t care for Don at all Actually, his 10 year old self in the flashbacks was muchrelatable and approachable than his adult persona which I found particularly odd I was looking forward to the introduction of Bruce, a gay friend of a friend, who happened to be the random good looking hunky loner often found in romance novels who is miraculously single in his 50s and just waiting to be the love interest here.I didn t like the way they hit things off and I generally didn t like the way their interactions were portrayed, which saddens me a bit, since I usually love a gay male author s spin on things After all, male authors are still a bit underrepresented in the m m genre The plot was very interesting, although having read the ending, I really wasn t surprised about the outcome I hadn t actually considered that turn of events because it seemed too obvious All in all, this story wasn t the greatest reading experience for me It was mucha mystery than it was a gay themed novel like the cover suggests It would probably have worked even better if it wasn t trying to be a gay romance at the same time I generally like the set up and especially enjoyed the novels Jamie Fessenden created with a similar theme, but this one didn t work for me 2.5 stars ARC for Netgalley, Enjoyable story Don looks back looking at growing up in the late 70 s 80 s in smallish town of Ohio, while coming home and attempting to clear his fathers as well as his family s name Early in Don s childhood his dad was questioned for a crime he did not commit, although only questioned the stigma stuck around with him and his family Don is home and attempting to uncover what really happened so long ago, told through flashbacks this is a story about growling up labeled, be ARC for Netgalley, Enjoyable story Don looks back looking at growing up in the late 70 s 80 s in smallish town of Ohio, while coming home and attempting to clear his fathers as well as his family s name Early in Don s childhood his dad was questioned for a crime he did not commit, although only questioned the stigma stuck around with him and his family Don is home and attempting to uncover what really happened so long ago, told through flashbacks this is a story about growling up labeled, being different, coming of age, all during a different time a much less accepting time There are quite a few rough parts that the MC goes through in his life, the book is mucha mystery than romance Interesting enjoyable This book was just perfect.It had something of everything Mystery, romance and fiction From the first page, I was captured It was impossible to put this book down Until the very end, I wondered who it was and whether Don could fulfill his father s last wish.Both main characters and secondary characters were beautiful shaped The secondary characters were not just means to an end They had a soul and a face.Forty years earlier, something unbelievably cruel happened in North Homestead, a s This book was just perfect.It had something of everything Mystery, romance and fiction From the first page, I was captured It was impossible to put this book down Until the very end, I wondered who it was and whether Don could fulfill his father s last wish.Both main characters and secondary characters were beautiful shaped The secondary characters were not just means to an end They had a soul and a face.Forty years earlier, something unbelievably cruel happened in North Homestead, a small town in Ohio As a result, Don s father is briefly suspected as the culprit The real culprit is never found And the family could never recover from the suspicion On the deathbed, the father expresses the desire to be redeemed from that accusation And Don goes on the path to unmask the true culprit.And on this exciting journey, we accompany Don as he takes the path back in time He doesn t have to go this way alone Later, Bruce is his companion and so much.This novel is atmospherically dense Often it is as if you were watching a movie So many pictures are in your mind I enjoyed that the characters behave like real people and also have a maturity that matches their age.The author has such a wonderful way of writing I loved this book from the first page and later this feeling became evenintense There was not a single moment that I thought odd Nothing tore me out of the parallel universe, which I questioned On the contrary I enjoyed that the fictional characters behaved like adult humans and nothing was artificially dramatized, no concatention of misunderstandings When a character didn t want to talk about a thing, he said it freely and the other was not scubbed about it I really think that s worth mentioning.I had to explore what the author has yet published and I am now looking forward to another book from him.It was great to meet Bud Gundy.All the best for you and thank you for the great hours I spent with Don and his family.Highly recommended I got an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review |FREE EPUB ⚆ Somewhere Over Lorain Road ♟ For than forty years, the stain of horrific allegations against their father has haunted the Esker sons When three little boys were murdered in , their dad was suspected of the crimes The immense strain of the unsolved case shattered the family, sending the brothers reeling into destinies of death, flight, and, in the case of Don Esker, shame filled silenceYears later, Don returns to the family home in North Homestead, Ohio, to help care for his dying father in his final months His dad longs for the peace that will only come with clearing his name If Don can find the killer, he can heal his family and himself His own redemption begins when he becomes romantically involved with Bruce, who joins the hunt and forces Don to confront the unthinkable answer they ve uncovered Please don t let the cover confuse you into thinking this is purely an M M romance It s not While there is a love story inside, this book is at its core a mystery with gay characters It s a book about secrets, and unsolved murders, and old wounds, and family pain It s about coming home to help your aging mother take care of your father in his last days, it s about giving an old man his dying wish It s about terrible, horrible secrets kept for 40 years, and confronting the ghosts of your pas Please don t let the cover confuse you into thinking this is purely an M M romance It s not While there is a love story inside, this book is at its core a mystery with gay characters It s a book about secrets, and unsolved murders, and old wounds, and family pain It s about coming home to help your aging mother take care of your father in his last days, it s about giving an old man his dying wish It s about terrible, horrible secrets kept for 40 years, and confronting the ghosts of your past.Don Esker has come home to North Homestead, Ohio, where his father lies dying, and his mother and older brothers need help with the palliative care Don has done well for himself in San Francisco, working in marketing, and is in a position where he can work from anywhere Coming home isn t easy, as the family name is still talked about in hushed voices in connection to an unsolved crime that happened 40 years ago in 1975, when a little boy, the neighbor s and Sheriff s son, mysteriously disappeared, and two other little boys were found brutally murdered Don s father was a suspect in the disappearance of the first boy, if only for one evening, and while he was never charged with anything, his good name has never been fully cleared The suspicion alone shattered Don s family, and when he came out as gay, staying in town became impossible for him Small towns and small minded people will not forgive and not forget, and the townsfolk certainly wouldn t accept a gay man In a lucid moment, Don s father asks for just one thing before he dies to have his name cleared once and for all Don, obliging son, begins a journey that not only brings him to Bruce, the love interest, but also face to face with his childhood friend, the brother of the missing boy, who still lives with his father, the ex Sheriff across the street from the Esker home It forces him to confront things of his past Thick as thieves when they were young, Don and his friend haven t spoken in many years, longer than Don has been gone from North Homestead There is history there And hurt, anger, and hate As the story unfolds, we are given pieces of the past, set in the 70s and 80s There s an incident with an old fridge There s the moment in which Mr Esker is hauled from his home to answer questions about the disappearance of the neighbor s son There s the moment in which Don s brother no, I won t spoil this for you Just do yourself a favor and read this book.There is a moment when I knew, just KNEW, who the culprit was, thought I knew who had committed these crimes And there is a moment when the truth comes out, and I was proven wrong Except, not entirely The romance between Don and Bruce doesn t really begin until the 2nd half of this book, and it s never in the forefront of the tale There are no explicit scenes, and there didn t need to be any It unfolds quietly, organically, and peacefully, just as it should have These are grown, mature men, and there are no games to be played No contrived misunderstandings A love story Simple Quiet Obviously, Don is not a skilled investigator, and it s often just sheer luck that he is able to find a piece he needs to solve the decades old crime He fumblesoften than not, which is to be expected, but he does persevere The mystery is eventually solved The truth comes out, as it always will, no matter how much time passes I wasn t prepared for this truth I wasn t expecting this truth Though, theI thought about it, theit made sense to go that route, and I must applaud the author for taking this road It humanized the perpetrator, and though it doesn t offer forgiveness, it offers a believable motive It does also shine a bright light on deep dysfunction within a family, on emotional and psychological and physical abuse Facades crumble under such light Cracks appear Truth will out.This book, with its tight narration and unexpected turn of events, kept me glued to its pages until the very last one It s riveting a page turner, and masterfully written Give this a try, I beg you This isn t a romance It s a mystery with a gay MC It s a story about family But it is also a love story Absolutely worth your time I received a free copy of this book from its publisher via Netgalley A positive review was not promised in return This is probably the best new mystery author I ve read for several years It s all from Don Esker s POV, moving seamlessly from the 1970s to today I really can t fault the writing or the plotting I only guessed whodunit 85% through and even then I wasn t sure.But what s really excellent is the Esker family Superlative characterisation, especially of the teenagers Real people I so hope Gundy writesin this genre.For those friends who don t like parenting in M M this really isn t about This is probably the best new mystery author I ve read for several years It s all from Don Esker s POV, moving seamlessly from the 1970s to today I really can t fault the writing or the plotting I only guessed whodunit 85% through and even then I wasn t sure.But what s really excellent is the Esker family Superlative characterisation, especially of the teenagers Real people I so hope Gundy writesin this genre.For those friends who don t like parenting in M M this really isn t about that And while it s about the murder of three kids, it s off screen and not gory 4.5 Stars Bud Gundy s Somewhere Over Lorain Road is riveting There s just no other word for it I was absolutely enthralled with the story from the opening paragraph until the final moments, and went through a small rollercoaster of emotions in between Gundy keeps the reader guessing up until the very end as to what really happened that long ago summer in North Homestead, Ohio, but it wasn t only the mystery that had me on edge throughout the book Somewhere Over Lorain Road is as much a po 4.5 Stars Bud Gundy s Somewhere Over Lorain Road is riveting There s just no other word for it I was absolutely enthralled with the story from the opening paragraph until the final moments, and went through a small rollercoaster of emotions in between Gundy keeps the reader guessing up until the very end as to what really happened that long ago summer in North Homestead, Ohio, but it wasn t only the mystery that had me on edge throughout the book Somewhere Over Lorain Road is as much a portrait and study of human behavior and small town dynamics as it is a murder mystery And, it s almosta survival story than anything else It s about the Eskers surviving the onslaught of ill will and ridicule and small mindedness they endured back in 1975, and coming out the other side.Don Esker is a successful and sought after marketing analyst Graduating at the top of his class in high school and earning a full ride to Harvard, along with a career full of brilliant business moves, have afforded him the flexibility to be able to return to his childhood home and help his mother take care of his father, who is dying of cancer Robert Esker has one main desire before he leaves this earth, which is to once and for all clear his name and rid his family of another cancer, the cloud of suspicion that the family felt so keenly for so long after he was was wrongfully accused and dragged in for questioning So, Don agrees to see what he can still uncover on the forty year old cold case, in the hopes of bringing his dad the peace he deserves.One member of the Esker family unfortunately didn t survive, and Don, Randy, and Tim, the brothers of Rich Esker, think the killer of those little boys forty years ago was as much responsible for Rich s death as he was for the other three victims The story of what happened to Rich, and how it affected the family, was beyond heart wrenching Don, as the youngest, and perhaps the closest to Rich, took it the hardest it was something he never quite got over.The story switches back and forth, chapter by chapter, between 1975 and the disappearance of Eddie Tedesco and the murders of two other little boys, and present day and Don s investigation of the crimes This format kept the suspense at peak levels, placing the reader both front and center to the events as they happened, and riding right along with Don as he discovers the lies and coverups and clues that bring him ever closer to uncovering the truth Don gets answers and help in some of the unlikeliest of places, and gets some shocks along the way as well One of his allies is Bruce, who he meets through his dad s caregiver.Bruce is handsome, and confident, and so, so kind And, he turns out to be a great sidekick, too He and Don really are an excellent team, in every way But, I think it s important to mention that the romance is definitely not the focus of the story It s there Don and Bruce grow to care about each other, and Bruce is a bigger part of the story toward the end But I do think that the cover, while gorgeous, is perhaps a bit misleading as to the extent that the romance is a part of the story I didn t feel anything was lacking in the book I didn t personally need the romance to be in the forefront But, I thought readers who might be looking forof a love story based on the cover, might like to have some clarification there.I loved this book so much It was moving, gripping, and unforgettable This was my first read from Bud Gundy from this publisher too, in fact but I will, without a doubt, be keeping my eyes open forof his work Definitely check this one out, guys Reviewed by Jules for The Novel Approach